The Rangers signed 23-year old defenseman Adam Clendening to a one-year, two-way contract worth $600,000 in the NHL and $300,000 in the AHL.
Clendening was drafted by Chicago in the second round in 2011 and then:
- 1/29/15: Traded by Chicago to Vancouver for Gustav Forsling
- 7/28/15: Traded by Vancouver to Pittsburgh along with Nick Bonino in the Brandon Sutter trade
- 1/15/16: Traded by Pittsburgh with David Perron to Anaheim for Carl Hagelin
- 1/27/16: Claimed by Edmonton off of waivers from Anaheim
Over the past two seasons Clendening has played in 50 NHL games: 4 for Chicago, 17 for Vancouver, 9 for the Penguins and 20 for the Oilers.
He has 2 career goals, 9 career assists, a plus 8 rating, an average of 14:34 per game, 28 hits and 56 blocked shots.
In his career at 5 on 5, when on the ice his teams have 49.2% of the shot attempts.
In the AHL, Clendening has played in 123 games with 14 goals and 61 assists including a 2013-14 season that saw him score 12 goals and 47 assists in 74 games for Rockford.
In 2014-15 Clendening played 23 playoff games with Utica in the AHL before the Comets lost in five-games in the Calder Cup playoffs. He had 3 goals and 5 assists in that playoff run.
Adam Rotter: I think that Clendening could be a good fit with the Rangers. He's young, a right shot and has a history of producing offensively at different levels. It certainly doesn't look good on the surface that he was with five-teams in the past couple of years or that the defensively strapped Oilers let him go, but he's very low risk with the potential for a high reward. He only has 50 games of NHL experience and depending on health and roles may not get a lot of time with the Rangers, but it's a risk worth taking. With the Rangers in the state that they are, top-heavy at the cap and with limited prospect depth, these are the kinds of signings they need to make and hope that they can hit on someone who is cheap, young and can play a nice role.